“Joining forces with CASA is a company-wide decision—because when we ask our employees which organizations we should work with, CASA is always number one. We appreciate the constant efforts their team puts in, and we know it is for the kids—and it makes us all a little more humble. We at CruCon believe children are one of our most valuable resources. CASA is committed to serving 100% of the children who need their advocacy, and we are just as committed to ensuring their fundraising continues to grow. Our goal is to bring more awareness of this organization to the surrounding communities, and to show all children that they are never forgotten, their words do matter, and they are never alone.”
We are deeply grateful to Sandy Cleary and her team at CruCon Cruise Outlet for their extraordinary generosity to CASA. In the past four years, CruCon has donated more than $150,000 to support our mission to protect New Hampshire’s most vulnerable children. Last year, our annual CASA Cares fundraising event was the most successful ever, due in large part to CruCon’s renewed commitment as the Presenting Sponsor, as well as their in-kind contributions and encouragement of other funders.
As CruCon’s founder, Sandy stands behind CASA and other organizations, many of which directly impact children, with the same unrelenting passion that she dedicates to her business. She launched CruCon in 1995 and the business has grown exponentially under her leadership, now generating $130 million in sales and serving more than 100,000 clients a year across North America. This tremendous success is the result of Sandy’s deep commitment to building authentic and lasting relationships with employees, affiliate business partners, cruise clients, and nonprofit and civic organizations. Her philanthropic and community involvement extends to numerous organizations in New Hampshire. As the Presenting Sponsor for the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, CruCon is a key supporter and promoter of an organization that now raises $4.5 million for local NH charities. She encourages her staff to “pay it forward,” often matching their donations and providing other incentives to give financially and volunteer.
CruCon has won a variety of awards as a result of its focus on forging strong partnerships and exceptional customer service. Sandy and the CruCon team have received such prestigious awards as the Celebrity Cruises’ Chairman’s Award—the cruise line’s highest honor—Vacation.com’s Chairman’s Award, Royal Caribbean Cruise’s Chairman’s Award, and Norwegian Cruise Line President’s Club Elite Agency of the Year. Sandy herself won the 2017 Business Leader of the Year Award and the 2014 Outstanding Women in Business Awards (along with our own Marty Sink!) by NH Business Review.
We are tremendously proud and deeply honored to count Sandy Cleary and CruCon Cruise Outlet among our committed funders.